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Minkus;Leon La Bayadere [Blu-ray]

Isabelle Guerin , Laurent Hilaire , Rudolf Nureyev    Blu-ray
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite July 1 2004
Format:DVD
This production by Nureyev is splendid! it is probably the best production of this ballet you will ever own! In it we are previlaged to witness two of the greatest stars of the world of ballet. Miss Elisabeth Platel in the role of Gamzatti and Miss Isabelle Guerin in the role of Nikia. Unfortunately they have both since retired from the Paris Opera, all the more reason to buy this dvd and cherish it! Miss Platel is the ultimate Gamzatti but than she is a superb ballerina of taste and refinment rarely seen. Her portrayel of Gamzatti is so elegant as befitting the daughter of a prince on the eve of her bethothal to Solor, danced by the very masculine Laurent Hilaire who was perfectly suited for the role of the warrier, that you almost forget her evil intentions towards Nykia and identify with her longing for this match to take place. She is after all inlove with Solor and will stop at nothing to secure her own happiness. Miss Platel is Dazzling! Her Port de bras is of rare quality and unmatched by anyone so far. Her upper body moves with such musicality that one is almost able to hear the music through it.
Miss Guerin is a ballerina of rare authenticity and technical prowess. She sparkles! Her entrance in the third act kingdom of the shades is marked by a pose on stage with one arm lifted and her eyes gazing towards her fingertips. This is a moment of greatness it summerises for me the essence of ballet. She is mesmerising by force of her presence without having to blink an eye! Miss Guerin need but whisper whilst other have to shout.
Mr. Hilaire is a captivating warrier. Masculine to the point of being sexy. This is well suited to the oriental theme of this ballet. His leaps are powerful and his presence forceful. His partnering both of miss Platel and of Miss Guerin is commendable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanging the Messenger! Dec 17 2009
By HarryC
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Oh dear me! Are the old eyeballs playing tricks! Has someone actually rated this incredible DVD ballet at ONE star! ("Must be a hideous typo", thinks I - let's just have a look....) But NO, it's true!! - somebody HAS rated this magnificent production with ONE LOUSY STAR!!! Why? Well at least it's got something to do with numbers like 16:9 and NOTHING to do with the ballet. That's something of a relief, I guess!
Since I had no intention to review this DVD, until I gazed incredulously at it's rediculous ONE star rating, I can only echo the opinion of the other 5 star contributor, and urge anyone who might be thinking of adding this truly brethtaking production to their DVD collection, to do so. (nowhere will you see the hypnotic beauty of the "kingdom of the shades" done more hauntingly - nowhere! I have over sixty ballets on DVD and this is one of the finest in my collection - both from an artistic and technical perspective. I have a 50" plasma HDTV that knows what 16:9 is all about and this DVD doesn't dissapoint in the least. Quite the contrary!)
So do yourself a great big favor and get this fantastic ballet, recorded at the magnificent Palais Garnier in Paris - a restored version of Marius Petipa's original Maryinsky production, by Nureyev no less! You won't be sorry!
(ONE STAR!!! GIVE ME A BREAK!)
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite July 1 2004
By "michaelfraydon" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This production by Nureyev is splendid! it is probably the best production of this ballet you will ever own! In it we are previlaged to witness two of the greatest stars of the world of ballet. Miss Elisabeth Platel in the role of Gamzatti and Miss Isabelle Guerin in the role of Nikia. Unfortunately they have both since retired from the Paris Opera, all the more reason to buy this dvd and cherish it! Miss Platel is the ultimate Gamzatti but than she is a superb ballerina of taste and refinment rarely seen. Her portrayel of Gamzatti is so elegant as befitting the daughter of a prince on the eve of her bethothal to Solor, danced by the very masculine Laurent Hilaire who was perfectly suited for the role of the warrier, that you almost forget her evil intentions towards Nykia and identify with her longing for this match to take place. She is after all inlove with Solor and will stop at nothing to secure her own happiness. Miss Platel is Dazzling! Her Port de bras is of rare quality and unmatched by anyone so far. Her upper body moves with such musicality that one is almost able to hear the music through it.
Miss Guerin is a ballerina of rare authenticity and technical prowess. She sparkles! Her entrance in the third act kingdom of the shades is marked by a pose on stage with one arm lifted and her eyes gazing towards her fingertips. This is a moment of greatness it summerises for me the essence of ballet. She is mesmerising by force of her presence without having to blink an eye! Miss Guerin need but whisper whilst other have to shout.
Mr. Hilaire is a captivating warrier. Masculine to the point of being sexy. This is well suited to the oriental theme of this ballet. His leaps are powerful and his presence forceful. His partnering both of miss Platel and of Miss Guerin is commendable.
The corps de ballet is "de grand rigueur" seldom Have I seen such perfect execution of the third act's kingdom of the shades.
The tutus in the paris opera are of perfect diameter and show off the lines of the ballerinas to the fullest. One could not expect any less from the french. Chapeau!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Superb Dec 14 2006
By Balletomane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It is difficult to understand how other reviewers can have reservations about this performance. The production values are excellent and the dancing is exceptional - sets,costumes and the all-important lighting contribute to a stunning dvd with colour and spectacle and to compare it to the Royal Ballet version is simply pointless.

Asylmuratova looks edgy and unsure in the RB and lacks chemistry with Mukhamedov, who was oddly not his (often) brilliant self, while Dowell hammed the High Brahmin role beyond credibility. Darcy Bussell is a redeeming pleasure but all are saddled with an atmosphere of shabbiness in costumes and sets, while the stage of the ROH looks quite tatty. The contrast is even more marked with the timing of the corps de ballet which is an absolute joy with the Paris Opera company (a result which takes more than a taped stage to achieve) and for anyone considering choosing between the two dvds - there's no contest. This is the one and a wonderful legacy it is from Nureyev.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular April 29 2010
By B. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If there was ever a reason to buy a Blu-Ray DVD player then seek no more. This is a spectacular visual presentation of a spectacular ballet performance.

The sumptuousness of Nureyev's cheorography and the Paris Opera Ballet's sets, costumes and dancing is a feast for the eye and ear as never before. I also have the older non-BluRay DVD version and always believed the overall performance and presentation to be fabulous; this recording is unimaginably better.

One can only hope that there are more such presentations in the BluRay pipeline.

BRAVO!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballet, ballet, ballet.... Feb. 8 2005
By tulip - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I always liked ballet since childhood but this one really made me totally hooked. Isabelle Guerin is absolutely beautiful and dances with all the emotions that Nykiya would be feeling. I never liked male ballet dancers thinking they are half-women, until I saw Laurent Hilair in Solar's role and it totally changed my view. I felt like I was wasting my entire life disliking like them. Maybe it is because Hilair is so handsome that he was not wearing excess make-up like the kind I saw in Russian ballet performance but his jump is so high, turns so fast that I literally could not close my mouth after the first "Wow!. I think I am going to take this DVD into my casket when I die.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing perfection! May 16 2005
By Lu Lu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The Paris Opera Corps is the best,I just keep asking myself if they are human, they are like clones.

After 5 Bayaredes, this is still the best choice, even if Isabelle Guerin is a little cold faced, (after all, french dancers are not passionate, aren't they?) or perhaps because perfection is cold.

The coreography from Nureyev is beautiful,very dinamic, the sets and costumes are sumptuous, stunning Etoiles and soloist,

Elizabeth Platel is the perfect balance technique and artistry.

This is the glory of BALLET
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